In September 2019, Byron Lee Williams died after being arrested by police in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Police said Williams had a history of arrests and felony drug charges. The police noticed him riding a bicycle and stopped him due to the lack of required light on it.
According to the results of the police investigation and CCTV footage, after a short chase, the officers pinned him face-first to the ground, handcuffed him and hit him several times. The video footage shows a police officer kneeling him to the ground. Williams died a few minutes later. In July 2021, the Williams family filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the police department, accusing them of using excessive force.
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“We want to expose this injustice to the world … so that we can overcome this pattern and practice of police excessive use of force and implicit bias like we saw in Minnesota,” Ben Crump, an attorney representing Williams’ family, said. “Just like they gave George Floyd no consideration, no professionalism and no humanity, they did the same thing to Byron Williams.”
“I do feel like they need to pay to the fullest extent of the law,” Williams’ stepson Jeffery Thompkins said. “He was doing nothing. He was minding his business and he didn’t come home. When I saw him, when he left that evening, he was smiling.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.